It’s sometimes difficult to imagine that ubiquitous A-list celebrities were once cute little things innocent of selfies, the paparazzi, multi-million-dollar fortunes and rehab. But these 20 babies all grew up to be megastars. See how many you can recognize.
Posted for Throwback Thursday, this adorable baby pic proves this iconic singer knew how to work the camera from a young age. But you’re unlikely to have seen her with dark curly hair since her rise to fame.
With a close resemblance to her daughter Blue Ivy Carter, the baby in question is in fact the surprise-album dropping, 20-time Grammy-winning alter-ego of Sasha Fierce. The utterly flawless Beyoncé, of course.
This ’90s baby was launched to fame a little over a decade after this photo was taken. His behavior while growing up in the public eye, however, was in stark contrast to the blonde cherub pictured here.
But one-time brat Justin Bieber is now something of a reformed character, having since apologized for his actions in 2015’s “Sorry.” The record, which sold more than half a million copies in its debut week, propelled him to pop superstardom.
You can be forgiven for not recognizing this world-conquering pop queen at first glance. Not only is she now all grown up, but she ended up rejecting much of what defined her early years – an act of rebellion against her evangelical parents.
The artist formerly known as Katy Hudson is now ultimate “California Gurl” Katy Perry. Her father Keith hasn’t taken well to her stardom, having since brandished his daughter a “devil child” during his sermons.
It’s hard to believe that this apparently unimpressed baby grew up to be one of the most desirable and best-known actors of the noughties. When this photo was taken his future first wife was already a teenager.
Harsher critics have accused Ashton Kutcher of being just as unexpressive. But that hasn’t stopped the That ’70s Show and Punk’d star from marrying not one but two Hollywood beauties – Demi Moore and Mila Kunis.
The mother of this Hollywood wild child isn’t exactly known for having her daughter’s best interests at heart. So it’s nice to see a more maternal side in a picture that provides a clue as to the star’s early career.
That baby with the Mickey Mouse toy is once-promising-Disney actress Lindsay Lohan, whose career hasn’t been without controversy. Her relationship with her mom Dina remains strained – in 2015 Lindsay threatened to sue her for selling her possessions.
This baby girl’s surname would have only been familiar to those immersed in the world of Los Angeles law at the time the picture was taken. Now it’s one of the most famous, and most divisive, in the universe.
Kim Kardashian, the second-eldest daughter of the late respected lawyer Robert, has spent the last decade living her life in front of the camera as the queen of trashy reality shows, selfies and breaking the internet.
This brooding baby grew up with intentions of becoming a professional soccer player. But after injury dashed his sporting ambitions he would go on to find fame and fortune as one of cinema’s hunkiest stars.
Assassins, Desperado and The Mask of Zorro are some of the movies that have helped Antonio Banderas to become the thinking woman’s action hero. In April 2016, in fact, the U.K.’s Glamour magazine named him the “Sexiest Actor Alive.”
This wide-eyed little girl also emerged from a Spanish-speaking country to take the movie world by storm. And despite a name that means “peace” in Arabic, she hasn’t been averse to the odd spot of gun-wielding on screen.
Mexico’s finest Salma Hayek first won attention in various telenovelas before stealing the show in action flicks Desperado and Wild Wild West. She went on to win acclaim for her performance as Frida Kahlo in the biopic of the famously thick-browed artist.
This black-and-white photo looks like a relic from the 1950s. It was, however, taken during the mid ’90s, an era that’s informed much of this young pop diva’s chart-topping sound.
The retro-looking picture is actually of contemporary pop starlet Ariana Grande. The vocalist, who’s been compared to Mariah Carey, has since become as famous for licking donuts as topping the charts.
This blond-haired boy looks here like he may well have been contemplating yet another side project. Expect to see an avant-garde short movie about a banana and a cuddly toy any day now.
The toddler in the highchair is none other than James Franco. The older brother of fellow actor Dave has since become renowned for his prolific and increasingly outlandish output – and for nearly falling asleep while hosting the Oscars.
The Academy Awards has also played a significant part in the career of this finger-eating blond boy. But in his case it was his failure to win one that had everyone talking.
Leonardo DiCaprio did finally scoop a coveted golden statue – at the sixth time of asking – in 2016 for his performance in The Revenant. The win consolidated his status as one of the finest actors of his generation.
This cute little sailor boy would go on to find fame at an early age. He’d also attract an army of female followers, but his wearing of a purity ring signaled that he wasn’t interested in giving into temptation. Until it was removed, of course.
Following the split of Disney Channel favorites Jonas Brothers Nick Jonas appeared to spend a whole year in various stages of undress – a tactic that clearly worked when his self-titled solo album scored chart success.
This Throwback Thursday photo also hints at this girl’s future career. The South American sitcom star has become an American family favorite by playing a character renowned for her sharp tongue.
She is, of course, Sofía Vergara, the Colombian actress famous for playing Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in hit comedy Modern Family. She’s gone on to receive multiple nominations at both the Emmys and Golden Globes.
You’ll have to go a long way to find a happier looking baby destined to become a celebrity. The wild afro may now be a thing of the past but that cheeky face is still very much a feature.
Who could predict that the big-haired baby would go on to become the natural successor to Michael Jackson? That’s right – the little one with the not-so-little grin would later grow into pop sensation Usher.
You might have expected this chubby-cheeked little guy to end up behind a desk in an office somewhere. But he actually grew up to become a movie star who’s regularly voted as the world’s sexiest man.
That black-and-white photo is of none other than a young Brad Pitt. The actor’s good looks got everyone drooling in the ’90s, but his Oscar-nominated roles in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 12 Monkeys and Moneyball proved he’s more than a pretty face.
This baby had Hollywood royalty in her blood, so it’s not really surprising that she went on to light up the silver screen in her late teens. Oh, and there’s a bit of a connection with the previous entry.
If the pouty lips hadn’t already given it away the baby is none other than Brad’s wife, Angelina Jolie. The former model later followed in her actor father Jon Voight’s footsteps – winning an Oscar in the process.
Perhaps this alarmed-looking baby has just looked into the future that awaits once he joins what’s arguably Hollywood’s wackiest organization. This is actually a long way from the strangest he’s ever looked, though.
He would later become an idolized heartthrob, largely thanks to his role in Grease, though perhaps John Travolta has since made one too many trips to the plastic surgeon. There’s no doubting his acting credentials, however.
You wouldn’t know it from this super-cute picture, but this blonde-haired boy in the multi-colored ensemble went on to become a style icon. Oh, and a pop idol, a movie star and an entrepreneur. Phew.
It’s fair to say that Justin Timberlake committed a few other crimes against fashion on his way to superstardom. But these didn’t stop him becoming one of the world’s highest-earning celebrities.
This future A-lister’s scrunched-up expression probably echoes that of most people’s when they try one of the recipes she would go on to create as an adult. This baby may have achieved worldwide fame, but her success wasn’t anything to do with food.
It was an Oscar-winning performance in Shakespeare in Love that propelled Gwyneth Paltrow to fame. Only then came the macrobiotic diets, the Goop newsletter and the “conscious uncoupling.”
You might be surprised to discover the identity of this happy-go-lucky little girl. Despite a fabulous lifestyle, two successful careers and a supremely handsome husband, this star is famous for her inability to crack a smile.
What will it take to make Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria Beckham happy? Perhaps her super-smiley baby photo is the most surprising of them all.